• Ah, spring

    By Joberta Wells

    Ah, spring, when a young man’s fancy turns to love. This old broad’s fancy turns to enjoying release from winter’s cold, finding wildflowers, and thoughts of a good home-grown ‘mater.

    Let’s face it: We didn’t have a bitter cold winter. In some ways it is good because everything is blooming like crazy. My forsythia was magnificent, the daffodils everywhere were magnificent, and the wild violets are still magnificent.

  • What’s our Notre Dame?

    By Stuart W. Sanders

    Kentucky Historical Society

    When Notre Dame Cathedral burned on April 15, people across the world mourned the damage.

    They shared family photographs taken at the cathedral, worried about artifacts housed within the church and expressed concern about the building’s stained glass windows.

    While we mourn the fire because of the cathedral’s religious and cultural significance, we also connect to the building because of the power of authentic places.

  • Traditional schools’ lack of financial transparency

    By Jim Waters

    “Why don’t we have real data on charter schools?” shouted the headline atop a hit piece on these public schools of choice in The Nation a few years ago.

    Funny, I’ve been asking the same question in this column for more than a decade about Kentucky’s traditional public schools.

  • The Amish Cook

    By Gloria Yoder

    For weeks or even months, we’ve all been waiting for the day that Grandpas would come with plans to stay for a few weeks. The day had actually arrived.

    Excitement reigned on all sides. How long do we have to wait until Dawdys (the German word for Grandpas) get here?” Austin asked for the tenth time. The minutes were on a count down. “They could be here in two minutes,” I informed him.

  • The stay calm test

    By Melissa Martin

    How do you stay calm in the midst of a trigger? It’s usually the small annoyances that push our buttons, raise our cortisol, and flood our bodies with adrenaline. I try not to sweat the small stuff—but I am human just like you. And sometimes I allow my triggers to irritate me.

  • The old school

    Something Jeanette Jeffries said in my interview with her about one-room schools got me thinking about progress in education. She said that, in the Beech Bottom one-room school, “You were all just one big family.”

    I was thinking about how, in one-room schools, teachers not only taught children the reading, writing and arithmetic, but how also they taught children to care for one another.

    The older grades had responsibilities for their younger peers. They had to get water from the well and provide heat by starting the coal fires.

  • Let states clean up the Medicaid mess

    By Jim Waters

    A favorite tactic of opponents to the Bevin administration’s attempt to rein in Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion is to predict health-care Armageddon for 100,000 Kentuckians if able-bodied adults without dependents or disabilities are required to work, train for jobs or volunteer at least 20 hours per week in order to continue receiving benefits.

  • On the road

    By Jon Edgell

    About 5 p.m. on the Sunday of Jesus’ resurrection there were two of His disciple’s plodding along the dusty dirt road the seven miles from Jerusalem back to their little hometown of Emmaus.

    They had been in the capital city for the previous several days. They witnessed Jesus’ rejection, His abuse and finally His death on a cross. In Mark 16:12 this wonderful story is reduced to just afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country.

  • Celebration of life? No, thanks!

    By Joberta Wells

  • Kentucky on the addiction frontline

    By Mitch McConnell

    Coordinated efforts at the federal, state and local levels are making considerable progress in the fight against opioid and substance abuse. Unfortunately, Kentucky still ranks among the hardest-hit states in the nation. Reports continue to show record-breaking overdose deaths in our Commonwealth, and families are struggling as they watch their loved ones battle addiction.